We’re back with another “This Week in Music”, featuring the big releases for February 15th 2012. A slightly more interesting week than last that’s for sure although I’m sure most of us were more than content with getting “Junjou U-19” from NMB48 last week. Many congratulations to those girls by the way, for selling over 300k copies in their first week of sales. Hopefully their consistent gains in numbers continue through future releases.
I’d also like to thank our readers for the feedback and just overall nice comments we received on last week’s post. Please feel free to leave more of those on any of the posts we make on the site, your comments are always appreciated.
With all of that said, read on after the break to find out what CDs are in stores this week.
AKB48 – “Give Me Five!”
We’re kicking things off with a bang this week with the highly anticipated “Give Me Five!” from AKB48. There are a couple of things to note with this release, one of these things being that it isn’t the usual “Sakura song” that we’ve come to expect at this time of year from AKB. The other thing is that those instruments on the cover aren’t just for show, the girls do actually play them in the PV and during performances. Anyone who knows me or follows the site knows that I gave AKB so much heat in my end of year awards article and that I was pretty close to just giving up on them due to their stale release formula. Well, I’m excited for this release which isn’t something I thought I’d say this year and while I’m not completely back on the AKB bandwagon this does go a long way to rekindle my interest. If you started to lose interest in AKB like I did, give this single a shot. It may just be the breath of fresh air you were looking for.
Dream Morning Musume – “Shining Butterfly”
Next on the list we have “Shining Butterfly”, the first original single by Dream Morning Musume. For those of you who don’t know, Dream Morning Musume is made up of the various former Morning Musume members still contracted to Up-Front Agency. The song itself is a lot more mature sounding than current Morning Musume which I suppose is to be expected, given the age differences and changing face of the Japanese entertainment industry. I’m almost reminded of Morning Musume songs of old when listening to this song so if current Morning Musume isn’t doing it for you then this release might be something that you want to check out. Sadly while this is Dream Morning Musume’s first single, it’s also being billed as their last too. This is Japan though and strange things happen in this industry all the time but if you want the nostalgia hit that this group and release provide you better make the most of it just in case.
Sakura Gakuin – “Tabidachi no Hi ni”
Last up this week is Sakura Gakuin with “Tabidachi no Hi ni”. Sakura Gakuin are a group with a pretty traditional school theme, their sub-units even going as far as referring to themselves as fictional school clubs. Yes, this is the group that spawned BABYMETAL who act as the school’s “Heavy Music club” but we’re not here to talk about BABYMETAL…….this week. “Tabidachi no Hi ni” is about as traditional as graduation themed songs come. However in this case 3 of the group are actually graduating so it fits in with their school theme and is appropriate for the occasion. Yes, that does mean it gets a pass from me, the hater of graduation and sakura themed songs. That being said, it’s not really the best place for potential new fans to jump on the Sakura Gakuin bandwagon. For that I would suggest checking out Sakura Gakuin’s album “Sakura Gakuin 2010 ~message~” which is just a fantastic piece of work.
That’s it for this week folks, let us know what you’re going to be listening to this week and what you enjoyed and didn’t enjoy. Also, please show some support for Sakura Gakuin and help them grow their fanbase because they really do deserve to be a lot bigger than they are currently.
Join us again next week for Berryz Koubou, Mano Erina and the long awaited debut of AKB48’s rivals, Nogizaka46.